Category: Articles

  • What is Love’s Work? (Gillian Rose)

    What is Love’s Work? (Gillian Rose)

    To celebrate the publishing of Gillian Rose’s book Love’s Work in the Penguin Modern Masters series (March 14th 2024), Nigel Tubbs reflects back on a piece he wrote in 1998 about Rose’s autobiography. For Gillian Rose, protest not only opposes and speaks against, it also carries the recognition that to speak against is already to…

  • Plato, Trump, and the end of truth?

    Plato, Trump, and the end of truth?

    In his book The Republic, Plato famously introduced the idea of the cave. It became probably the most important model of education in the whole of the western tradition. It offered a stark contrast between fake knowledge and true knowledge. The unenlightened stared at fake images (shadows) while the real objects were hidden from them.…

  • Kant says ‘philosophy is a mere idea of a possible science which nowhere exists’

    Kant says ‘philosophy is a mere idea of a possible science which nowhere exists’

    Kant didn’t believe in ‘philosophy’, only in philosophizing.

  • Paulo Freire: education as the practice of freedom.

    Paulo Freire: education as the practice of freedom.

    In the late sixties, the great Brazilian educator and thinker Paulo Freire, published Pedagogy of the Oppressed, one of the most insightful and compelling critiques of education in the 20th century. Similar in scope and tone to Franz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth, the book is a penetrating insight into the dehumanising effects of economic, social and…

  • Plato’s Republic—a short summary

    Plato’s Republic—a short summary

    All is not what it seems in our lives (Plato)

  • Plato’s Republic is not a difficult book to read

    Plato’s Republic is not a difficult book to read

    Plato’s Republic is not a difficult book to read and it still still raises some of the most fundamental questions about the meaning of our individual lives

  • Seneca: 10 quotes on why we should all learn the incredible power of Stoic Philosophy

    Seneca: 10 quotes on why we should all learn the incredible power of Stoic Philosophy

    Seneca the Younger (c. 4 BC – AD 65) was a Roman Stoic philosopher and stateman. As with Marcus Aurelius, Seneca saw Stoicism as a philosophy that would help one cope with the trials and tribulations that life throws at us.

  • Socrates On Trial

    Socrates On Trial

    A New Statesman Book of the Year 2021 Socrates On Trial tells of Socrates’s return to a modern city that is plagued by prejudice, privilege and populism. On resuming his questioning in the agora he is arrested, interrogated by his prosecutors, questioned by his Judge, and confessed to by his inquisitor. On a Festival Day,…

  • Gillian Rose: Fascism and representation

    Gillian Rose: Fascism and representation

    ‘Not in my name’ is and is not in my name.  In her essay ‘The Future of Auschwitz’, Gillian Rose describes two obvious reactions provoked by the exhibitions at the ‘sites’ of the death camps. On the one hand, an identification with the ‘infinite pain’ of the victim, and, on the other, an intense self-questioning…

  • Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye

    Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye

    Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, first published 50 years ago, is a classic of African American literature. Exploring the consequences of pervasive racism in 1940’s America, it is a profound, moving and difficult excursion into the lived experience of black girls and black women and their relationships to their families, to men, their community and…